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How important can an affordable domain be?

One of the most vital preconditions for running a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will spot first when they discover your web site and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain traditionally contains two parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you select the domain name you want. Your decision should depend on the goal of your site and on its target visitors. Let's have a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular TLDs aimed to show a particular purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informational web sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would explain the aim of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such Top-Level Domains, but some of them contain extra steps to demonstrate that you are eligible to keep such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a TLD is good if your target group of website visitors is from a certain country. Many individuals would elect to buy goods or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, choosing a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register several domain names, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a specific site like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and lower the likelihood of someone stealing your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) display where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can modify the name servers of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and detect good website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the current company's DNSs straight away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a specific pair of NSs, all its records will point to the same web hosting company. Some web hosting firms, however, allow you to modify specific name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which specifies on which server your site is located, while the MX records exhibit which hosting server tackles the electronic mail accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new website designer and he sets up an .ASP website that will be located on his private Windows server, you may desire to edit only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your mailboxes or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web space hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more reliable.

Affordably Priced Top-Level Domains Distributed by 'Web Hosting Giants'

Just a few web hosting companies enable you to modify given domain name server records and quite often this an additional paid service. With Web Hosting Giants , you get an enormous variety of TLDs to choose from and you can edit all name server records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no added charge. Because of that, 'Web Hosting Giants' would be your best choice when it comes to administering your domain and to creating a successful presence on the World Wide Web.